Bangalow’s $600,000 fields to open

Bangalow’s new $600,000 sports fields will be officially opened on Saturday.
Catering for soccer, rugby union, netball and passive recreation, the fields contain two separate multi-use grass playing surfaces.
Byron Council’s open space and recreation manager, Nigel Greenup, praised the project and said it was evidence of a strong and united community spirit within the Bangalow area.
“The Bangalow Sports Association and their member sporting clubs are to be congratulated for the effort they have put into bringing this important project to fruition,” he said.
“During the construction of the grounds, community groups have contributed in excess of an amazing $147,000 worth of labour and materials.
“Local businesses were also extremely supportive in providing numerous construction materials at cost, labour and plant hire free of charge.”
Construction on the site began in late November 2008 and required extensive ground works in order to build the playing surfaces, install specialised sports turf, improve drainage, construct a sealed carpark and improve vehicle access from Bangalow Road.
The project was funded from Council’s Section 94 contributions and loans funds and a $200,000 Capital Assistance Grant from NSW Sport and Recreation.
BSA president Grant O’Neill also praised sporting clubs and community groups such as the Bangalow Landcare, Bangalow Lions and the many individuals for the countless hours they contributed in assisting with the installation of sprinklers, laying turf, top-dressing and planting trees along the adjoining banks of Byron Creek.
“The community spirit and support for this project has been outstanding,” Mr O’Neill said.
Mr O’Neill said the facilities were superbly located in the heart of Bangalow and complemented the existing facilities.

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